MY VIEW: ON IDENTIFYING BOWLS
IT’S damn annoying when you’re watching an international game and can’t tell who owns which bowl. The television coverage of the sport from the Commonwealth Games mostly was adequate but the similarity of the bowls being used spoilt it. I’ll give an instance: Several players in one game used the same colour bowls. The bowls had a distinguishing sticker but these things can’t be seen from a distance. It’s the colour the viewer goes by. Look away for a moment and you haven’t a clue who holds shot. If the bowls were different colours you’d be in no doubt. Here’s a suggestion that won’t win much support. The bowls could be provided, ensuring that all of the team use the same colour, a different one from the opposition. We’re not talking about the small club tournament here – the suggestion would be impractical for it. But in an international event as huge as the Commonwealth Games it could easily be adopted. I can see manufacturers fighting to provide the bowls for the advertisement . I can also hear the complaints from competitors who say they would be using bowls with which they are not familiar. But bowlers of international ability should have no trouble adjusting to a new bowl. It would be a further test of skill. And isn’t that what international competition in our game is all about?